Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Virgin Oak Barrel Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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Average: 4.31 | pDev: 11.83%

Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 65

American Imperial Stout | 11.50% ABV

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 65
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BA Hunahpu Day. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a CCB snifter.

Appearance - Pitch black with a small dark chocolate head. The retention on regular Hunahpu is something to marvel. This isn't as good. Dies down rather quickly.

Smell - Oak all over, peppery spice and a lot of chocolate. The oak is dominant in this. Fresh and woody smelling.

Taste - The oak comes through before any other flavor. The peppers and chocolate are diminished. The peppers are almost completely gone compared to regular Hunahpu. Bitter and oaky finish. Astringent from the woods. Tannins.

Mouthfeel - It's heavy, but not as viscous. Not as chewy as regular. The oak is too much in the finish.

Overall - Virgin oak barrel did nothing for this. In fact, I think it made it worse. Still a quality stout. The wording of my review is probably more biting than the numerical rating a give it, simply because I was disappointed it didn't live up.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/14/12 notes. Tried side by side with MZ, Hunahpu, and all the other variants. This one was my least favorite.

a - Pours a pitch black color with 1 inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the others.

s - Smells of oak, pine, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, and light cinnamon. Less spice and of the base beer here, and a ton of piney/oak in the nose. Nice, but no where near the others.

t - Tastes of oak, wood, burnt malts, pine, ashy, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, light spices. Again, a ton of piney oak.

m - Thick, full bodied stout and low carbonation. Very nice and creamy.

o - Overall this one is least like the others, and the only one I didn't like better than the MZ and normal Hunahpu. Don't get me wrong, this is still a good beer, but might not be worth seeking out due to the rarity.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted side-by-side with regular, Bourbon, Rum, and Whiskey versions. Thanks to everyone for making this happen. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours near black with a good light mocha head. Thin collar throughout. The nose is pretty heavy on the oak with some vanilla, chocolate, and stout behind that. Base beer is a bit hidden in the flavor as the oak comes more forward. Still some spice, vanilla, and chocolate. Body is medium with a nice oakiness plus a good dosage of vanilla. Slight tannins. Really tasty. Boom.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler served along side three other version of this beer.

Beer is black, with a nice dark brwon head, some lacing, low carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is oaky, sweet, roasty / ashy. Smells nice.

Beer is medium to full in body, the chilies and spice are subdued but there is a mild vannillic / tannic feel to the beer, out of the four variants we had this was my least favorite but still a good beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrel-Aged Hunahpu's tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.

The beer is, like all of the Hunahpu's variants, profoundly dark. Ominous black with a thick, oily beige head. An awesome appearance for an imperial stout. Lacing stains the glass.

The aroma offers oak, cinnamon, booze, subtle chocolate, vanilla.

A lot of wood in the flavor. Cinnamon shines through as well. Some sweet spice and vanilla.

Good feel. I appreciate the bold oak character.

Another solid stout from Cigar City. Very glad to have tried this.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz growler.

Pours viscous and dark black with chocolate edges. Mocha head (lighter than regular Hunahpu), fades to a collar, with some legs. Woodsy oak dominates the nose with roast malt and char with strong alcohol; actually basically tastes like wood and booze, not terribly appealing. Char, tannins and wood dominate flavor, with strong cinnamon and vanilla in the finish providing an interesting contrast between bitter oak and sweet spice. A little harsh and abrasive throughout with a slightly watery finish. Easily not the best of the Hunahpu versions.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for contributing this to our Hunahpu's showdown. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Looks like Hunahpu's, but with a disappointingly small amount of foam.

S - Booze, vanilla, oak, smoke, chocolate cake, more vanilla, and roasted malts. Don't really get much in the way of chile or spices here.

T - Very weird. Tastes a bit like bacon - there's a campfire and hickory smoke type of flavor, mingling with oak, char, and tar. Finish is very bitter and slightly astringent. Takes the elements I like least about regular Hunahpu's, and them amps them up.

M - The body and carbonation are fairly typical of the base beer, but there's moisture-obliterating tannic dryness in the finish instead of standard chewy and sticky Hunahpu's feel.

D - The finish is unpleasant, and for some reason there feels like there's more alcohol in here, even though there was no spirit added through the barrel-aging. Not a totally unenjoyable beer, just a unsuccessful experiment that unfortunately diminished and arguably wasted an excellent one. I'm hoping Cigar City chooses NOT to revisit this treatment.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of our Hunahpu's vertical/horizontal tasting. Growler poured into tasting glass.

A - Looks like Hunahpu's. Black, mocha-colored head, thin ring, some spotty lace, wisps on top.

S - Smells like apples, chocolate, oak, some roast, char. The apples are what I pick up most and I'm guessing that has to do with the virgin oak. The base beer is really no where to be found in all this.

T - Really oak-forward, some char, roast. Even after it warmed, the oak was still really too much for me and overwhelmed the rest of the beer. I would have never guessed this was Hunahpu's, if tasted blind.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

O - My least favorite Hunahpu's variant. The oak was just too much for me and really took away from the rest of the beer. Maybe in time, the oak will die down a bit and we can see where it goes from there. Would have again, if offered, but would not seek out.

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Photo of jsanford
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler poured into a CCB snifter.

Pours a dark, inky black with a creamy mocha head that fades to a soapy ring and wispy haze. Big aromas of dark malt, oak, vanilla, and TONS of cinnamon and spices. Very spice-forward, even more noticeable then the oak (at least in the nose). Taste is...OK there's the oak! Reminds me of the sawdust in a workshop, along with a good amount of chili pepper/cayenne. After the oak and chili pepper the dark roasted malt, chocolate, and cinnamon come out to play. Mouthfeel is big and creamy with a full mouthfeel and solid carbonation. Overall a great take on Hunahpu's, and an excellent way to start our tasting of the Barrel-Aged versions!

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a Cigar City Growler into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint.

Color: Black with a great dark brown head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla and oak.

Taste: Same as the smell but with the chili coming thru slightly on the end.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium dryness and smooth.

Overall: Opened this bad boy on Thanksgiving. Shared it with two of my friends and my brother. So delicious and complex. Nice and heavy brew that is so damn tastey! Very well balanced with so many ingredients. Cheers!

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Photo of Arenbeer
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler into a Tulip glass

Huge HUGE! Thanks to RomaniIteDomum for getting this for me in all the craziness. Your the man!!!

A- Pours a thick solid black like motor oil with a dark yellowish brown head.

S- Up front tons of oak and vanilla that completely dominate with notes of chocolate, spices, cinnamon, and slight alcohol.

T- Bitter sweet chocolate coats the mouth first then fills up with an epic amount of fresh oak and vanilla that just overtakes any other flavor. Slight hints of coffee and spices. The chili is there in the back end slightly at first but the more you drink it and it warms it fades quickly.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice mouth coating wet finish with a slight spiciness.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

cracked open for stout day and enjoyed throughout the night. Poured into a tulip.

dark as night with a small cap of tan that appeared right on the top, settling down slowly it leaves a touch of side lacing and a nice bit of foam around the edges. Ten minutes in the top is bare though and only some light lacing on the sides remains. Aroma is sweet, licorice and brown sugar, hints of chocolate and touches of pepper and light wood coming together nicely, Smooth, creamy and full bodied it started to grow on me as the session wore on. lots of wood, chocolate, coffee, hints of something else, fruit, maybe light spice. Hard to place but there is something else there providing another flavor of some sort that is hard to discern. Dry finish with a light alcohol warmth to it

such a great beer and just a wonderful chance to drink this.

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Photo of finewinemike
4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Arenbeer for supplying this to our tasting! I've never tasted regular Hunahpu's, but I heard it was spicier than this. I think I would enjoy the regular more, because this was more of a paprika/ light pepper kick. I like a little mmph! in my chile spiced beers! But nevertheless, a stout that pretty much trumps everything I've tried with few (if any) exceptions. The base stout is stellar, and I believe it will shine through in any barrel treatment they decide to give it. Absolutely top notch.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a tulip. Taste side by side with 2011 Hunahpu's and the Whiskey Barrel Aged Hunahpu's.

Appearance: Nearly black, a very nice ebony color with a very nice creamy chocolate head. Comparable to the other Hunahpu's versions.

Smell: The oak kind of dampens the other aromas. Cocoa, vanilla, a bit of cinnamon, some oak, and nice bit of roasted malt.

Taste: The sweetness really gets crushed by the oak. Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and some of the chiles are still present. The finish has more malt and is relatively clean.

Mouthfeel: The oak dries the body out. A full body and light, crisp carbonation are standard from the base beer. Less sticky than the regular version.

Overall: The oak dried it out and really did not add a lot to the flavor, so I prefer the regular Hunahpu's.

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Photo of crusian
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to ericandersnavy.
Pours pretty flat... alisa nothing there. Black as night as expected.
Smells like fresh oak, and actually a bit like rum. if I would have to guess, I would say this is the rum barrel aged version. lacking on the nose would be the cinnamon and the spice from the chili.
taste, pretty flat, and the first sip was rather a shock... following sips were much better and it grew on me. fresh oak is there, and also a bit of rum. but again, the chili and the cinnamon were missing... I like the regular much better.
thick ass stout, a given. Low to no carb... but overall, I was hoping it would be more... still great, but was hoping for more.

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Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was enjoyed alongside all of the rest of the versions and with each of the spirits.

Pours the characteristic black with little head and thin brown-gold edges. The smell is of the huge chocolate and roasted malts and strong tannic oak flavors. Smells pretty good, though I get very little of the chili. The taste is the characteristic Huna flavors, with very subdued chili flavors and big cocoa which is cut intensely by the aggressively astringent, tannic oak. The flavor doesn't work at all and would be best enjoyed blended back with some fresh Huna that would bring out some of the chili and chill out the oak. Mouthfeel is huge as you would expect, but with a dry (for what it is) finish. Overall, this was easily the worst of the BA Hunas which went: Apple Brandy > Rum >> Whiskey > Bourbon >> Virgin Oak. Super glad to have tried it, but this is not very good.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler courtesy of MikeLuke23. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark black, about as dark as a beer can be, with a small very dark tan head that leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is heavenly. Big vanilla, cinnamon, some fudge, light coffee, a bunch of oak, a bit of pepper grassiness, and some light alcohol. The taste is sweet with fudge, decent vanilla, some cinnamon, possibly a bit of pepper, and some oak. The finish has a light bitterness as well as a lingering cinnamon flavor. A lingering pepper heat remains. Full, creamy mouthfeel that is slick, not syrupy. Relatively low carbonation. Certainly one of the best beers that I have had. It was drank side by side with a 2010 Hunahpu's. The aroma was significantly better, but I feel most of that was the age on the 2010 rather than the oak improving the base beer. The 2010 tasted great, but the Virgin Oak was still better. Compared to a fresh Hunahpu's I feel like the oak may have been a slight improvement on an already great beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get to try this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. Thanks so much to Arenbeer for opening this up with us.

Appearance: Pours super thick and black as night with a dark tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Just awesome! Dark chocolate with some oak, vanilla, cinnamon and spice.

Taste: Not as spicy as regular Hunahpu's. The oak is very easy to pick up, but it mixes quite well with all the other flavors. Sweet and roasty with dark fruit, mild alcohol, cinnamon, and mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Uber thick body, super viscous and smooth. Mild tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: Really nice. I'm not sure that I like it better than the original version, but it was still very good. The only negative for me was the muted spice, but it was still fantastic.

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Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of muskabeatz, thanks Evan! This one pours a lifeless, still, oily Darkness of the night black with no life. It smells of big milk chocolate, oak, and coffee with cream. The chiles are gone but its soft and nice. The flavors are smooth chocolates and coffee. It really is liked an iced coffee, because of the lack of Chile. It is silky smooth and thick. Overall this is a fine beer, but not as good as the regular, just not as complex.

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Photo of dboon
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Funky Buddha. Joan Jett black pour with a beautiful dark brown head. The aromas are very similar to regular Huhahpu’s deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and peppers. The oak makes a huge statement and while it doesn’t overwhelm the fantastic base beer, it does sort of mask the coco nibs, cinnamon, & vanilla undercurrents I love. That being said you still get a little heat from the chiles in the finish....

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. Thick am lot black oily brew. Just a touch of light brown head. Looks pretty. Smells great. Lots of sweet apply aromas. Pepper comes through, a touch of woody oakiness. The beer leaves something to be desired. I like regular hunahpus and Zhukov's better. The mouthfeel is good but overall not what i had hoped!

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Photo of brew3crew
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the epic hunaphu's tasting in Cincinnati

A-maroonish brown head that quickly disapates

S-sweet oak. I didn't know oak could be described as sweet, but this one is.

T-maybe I don't like drinking trees? But this is just OK.gets a little better as it warms, but not much

M-medium body and smooth

O-eh at best. Nice try, but no thanks

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Photo of Mora2000
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing a 1L growler of this beer.

The beer pours a pitch black color with a brown head. The beer looks like squid ink with no light coming through the glass, even at the very edges of the beer.

The aroma is very heavy on the chocolate, with some pretty sweet roasted malt mixed in. There is also a very strong oak character in the beer, one of the heaviest oaked aromas I have smelled.

The flavor is very similar. The dominant flavor is the sweet chocolate, but I also get some heavily roasted malt and chocolate. Once again the oak is very heavy in the flavor. There is quite a bit of bitterness from the chocolate and roasted malt. There is also a little bit of pepper flavor in the beer, though not as much as in the regular Hunahpu's.

Thick, creamy, chewy moutfeel and low carbonation. A very nice stout, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

32 oz Swing Top growler (Courtesy of marine1975 via Sendsilk) poured into a Green Man snifter.

A- Pours black as night with a deep brown, half finger head. Great looking beer.

S- Huge chocolate roast and oak aroma. A nice slight vanilla aroma hits on the back end of this.

T-Up front there is a nice Oak-chocolatey flavor with a hint of vanilla and on the back end a nice roast coffee taste. This is a fantastic beer. The Virgin Oak barrels hide the pepper flavors of the regular Hunahpu but still great flavors.

M- Wow this beer is thick. About is thick and chewy of a beer as I have consumed. Carbonation seems just right.

D- The oak and chocolate sweetness seem to hide the alcohol in this one and it's impossible to tell this is an 11.5% abv beer.

Overall this beer was fantastic. If regular Hunahpu didn't exist, this beer would be one of the best beers out. That being said, I wish the peppery flavors remained but its still good. Thanks again to Shane and sendsilk for providing this beer.

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Photo of mystikyle71
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this thanks to a very generous friend who traded for a growler of this delight!

A: Not trying to be harsh here, just honest. I tried this beer after it had been in the growler for a while and a bit after it had been opened so it appeared to be pretty flat. Dark dark dark with pretty much no head. .

S: Yum. Big roasty, oaky, vanilla-y goodness. Bourbon barrels certainly have their charm, but it was fun to try this beer on new oak.

T: No ill effects for the time in growler here. This beer was rockin'. Vanilla, dark fruits and rich coffee. Not much pepper is noticable though. Maybe the spice from the oak was masking it? I bet it pops up in the regular (if you can call any iteration of this beer regular) version.

M: The flatness here kinda took away from what, I'm sure, is an even more amazing beer under optimal circumstances. Still no sign of a burn.

O: I want more. Add this beer to your wants.

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